September 10-13, 2008 • The Grand America Hotel • Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Scoliosis Research Society 43rd Annual Meeting

Salt Lake City

Grand America Hotel
555 South Main Street
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA 84111
Phone: +1-801-258-6000
Web site:

Presentations at the SRS Annual Meeting & Course are given by leading experts in the field and have value for physicians and allied health personnel who treat spinal deformities at all levels and in all ages of patients. Medical students, residents, fellows and researchers with an interest in spinal deformities will also benefit. Over 100 papers will be presented on an array of topics including adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, growing spine, kyphosis, adult deformity, trauma, neuromuscular scoliosis and tumors.

At the conclusion of the SRS Annual Meeting & Course, participants should be able to:

  1. Recognize the potential for complications related to particular surgical techniques that allow them to take steps to avoid or minimize them.
    • Accurately estimate the risks of infection, neurologic damage and failure of fixation after spinal surgery.
    • Discuss at least two methods to minimize blood loss during spinal surgery.
    • Optimize selection of proximal and distal fusion levels in AIS and adult deformity.
    • Discuss revision rates after deformity surgery and their predictors.
  2. Analyze emerging options for treatment of different spinal deformities and related conditions.
    • Analyze the role of casts, growing rods, VEPTR and stapling in early-onset spinal deformity.
  3. Assess the role of genetic testing in predicting the course of spinal deformity in children and adolescents.
    • List three theories of etiology of "idiopathic" scoliosis and discuss evidence.
  4. Accurately describe classifications for AIS and how they guide treatment.
    • Discuss how to predict and quantify the effect of spinal osteotomies.
  5. Analyze treatment options and complications for both primary and metastatic spinal tumors.
  6. Discuss current research on optimizing recovery after spinal cord injury.
  7. Discuss treatment and results of treatments for degenerative scoliosis.
  8. Understand outcomes assessment methods for spinal deformity.